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Kathy Denton
President & CEO, Douglas College
Dr. Kathy Denton is the President and CEO of Douglas College. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and is a postdoctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Denton has worked at Douglas College since 1993, first as a faculty member, then in a sequence of administrative positions: Chair of Psychology, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vice President Academic and Provost.

As VP Academic and Provost, Dr. Denton was responsible for all educational programs at the College, as well as the professional development and research activities that enable faculty to stay current and engaged. Her responsibilities also included external partnerships related to educational programs and research. Dr. Denton played a key role in developing and implementing an innovative degree partnership program with SFU. She also introduced a first year program that enables students to explore their interests before making a commitment to a specific area of study. These and other initiatives reflect her commitment to student mobility, flexible curriculum, and system-wide planning and cooperation.

Although Dr. Denton has spent most of her career in administrative roles, she has continued to stay active in research. She is interested in social processes that support people’s misrepresentations of themselves, including their failures, personal limitations, and moral transgressions.


Nancy Johnston
Associate Vice-Provost, Students and International, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Nancy Johnston is the Associate Vice-Provost, Students and International, at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, where she is responsible for service and program divisions including Registrar and Enrolment Services, Student Affairs (including WIL and International Services for Students), Student Recruitment and Success, and Athletics and Recreation. Nancy was the former Director of Co-operative Education and a leader in pioneering the implementation of Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) at SFU. She holds an associate professorship in the Faculty of Education where she teaches in the areas of experiential and work integrated learning.

Nancy is a member of the World Association for Work Integrated Learning (WACE) Board of Governors, a faculty member at the WACE Institute on High Impact Experiential Learning, and a founding member of the WACE, CAFCE and ACEBC Research Committees. She is also a Board member of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Board and is published in co-op and international education related journals and books on the subject of experiential learning curriculum design, implementation, and assessment as well as international student success.

Recent research includes a study examining experiential education in the BC post-secondary system, and an international research project investigating Sub-Saharan African Student Success after graduation (2016). She is currently completing work on a multi-institutional study of BC Employers Perspectives regarding Hiring Students from International Pathways. Dr. Johnston has published a chapter in The World is My Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education (2013) and one in progress entitled Navigating Continuous Change: A Focus on Self-Direction and Skills and Knowledge Transfer, to be published in 2017.


Val Litwin
President & CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce
Previous to his role with the BC Chamber of Commerce, Val served as CEO of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for three years. During this time, he grew its membership base, launched a world-class educational partnership with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria (which was featured on Forbes.com) and reinvigorated the Chamber’s brand to the point where Whistler had one of the fastest growing membership bases last year.

In 2007, Val co-founded a first-to-market concept, Blo Blow Dry Bar, which has since grown to more than 70 locations worldwide. In 2011, as Vice President of Franchise Operations at Nurse Next Door, Canada’s largest homecare company, he helped drive the franchise system’s fast growth into the US market – adding almost 70 locations to the brand in under 3 years.

Val is also well-versed in the social enterprise space. In 2002, he co-founded Extreme Kindness and launched volunteer tours and a web series based on committing random act of kindness across Canada and the U.S. The tours evolved into a best-selling book on corporate social responsibility and the power of communities to build social capital.


Daniel Muzyka
President & CEO, Conference Board of Canada
Dr. Daniel F. Muzyka is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. He is Vice-President and Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and was previously Dean at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He has worked and taught at institutions including the Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Babson College, Northeastern University, Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Williams College. 
Dr. Muzyka has extensive experience in academics, business, and public policy and has participated on a number of boards of companies, venture capital funds, and not-for-profit and government groups. He worked in finance and strategy with General Electric and was a strategy consultant with Braxton Associates. He has been a board member and consultant to several other business and not-for-profits, including Vice Chair and a public director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Vancouver Board of Trade (Past Chair), Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), New Ventures B.C., and the European Venture Capital Association. Dr. Muzyka chaired NSERC’s Expert Advisory Committee on Partnerships and Innovation. 
Dr. Muzyka currently serves or has served on various government councils, including task forces in Europe and North America. In British Columbia, he has served on the B.C. Competition Council and the B.C. Premier’s Technology Council, among others. Dr. Muzyka holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University, an MBA with concentration in Strategic Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA with Honours in Physics and Astronomy from Williams College. He has been awarded the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite) by the Government of France.



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